Kids: This weekend, The Strong National Museum of Play (1 Manhattan Square) will present a new exhibit, Lego Travel Adventure. The opening weekend event takes place Saturday, January 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, January 20, 1-4 p.m., and the show continues through May 12. The exhibit is included in regular admission ($11-$13); for more information, call 263-2700 or visit museumofplay.org.
Music: Rochester’s own Timothy Mitchum will be playing Saturday night at Tala Vera (155 State St., tala-vera.com). Mitchum performed the Beatles' “Let It Be” in a little film called “Across the Universe” that you might have heard of. The Michael Vadala trio will be opening up for him, music starts at 8 p.m., tickets run $5-$7.
Special: Happy Birthday to you, happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to our good friends at Scotland Yard ( 187 Saint Paul St., scotlandyardpub.com), who will be celebrating their third anniversary with a party Saturday night. Doors open at 5 p.m., celebration kicks off at 8 p.m., with a $3 food and drink menu for three hours (See the theme?). Deborah Mangone will be performing at 9 p.m. as well, so get those birthday party hats on and get down there.
Music: There are three worthwhile charity fundraiser events going on this weekend that you should check out. Pineapple Jack’s (485 Spencerport Rd., 247, 5525) is having a two day benefit show for the West Webster Fire Department (6 p.m. Saturday, $10, 21+, and then Sunday, 3 p.m., $10, all ages). The Jewish Community Center (1200 Edgewood Ave., jccrochester.org/) is hosting a jazz music Night out for Cora featuring Jerry Falzone, Chris Wilson, Warren Paul, and Bill Welch Saturday night at 6:30 p.m., tickets $10-$20+, with the funds raised supporting Cora Holiday, the former manager of Parkleigh, who is suffering from Diabetes. Lovin’ Cup (300 Park Point Dr., lovincup.com) is putting on a Holiday Miracle event with five recipients this year. Musical guests include ZBTB, the Moon Zombies, and Two For the Road. The event has a suggest donation of $5, and music starts at 2 p.m.
Music: It’s hard to believe that the groove godfather, the world-tastic guru Tony Cavagnaro, has been gone six years. But the ripples in the pond the late, great Buddhahood founder still spread through his band. The sound endures with the Buddhahood sporting some new Buddha blood, and through all of the musicians he touched directly in the genre he helped establish here. It is the pounding pulse of those who answer to the call of a beating drum. January Thaw celebrates the man’s music and continues his spirit with proceeds going to Tony Cavagnaro’s Young Musicians Scholarship Fund at the Hochstein School of Music. Joining the Buddhahood on this beautiful bill will be Mosaic Foundation, The John Payton Project, AudioInflux and a pile of groovy guests. January Thaw 2013 takes place Saturday, January 19, 8 p.m. at Water Street Music Hall, 204 N. Water St. $10-$12. waterstreetmusic.com.
Art: Check out the Dead End City Art Show II opening Saturday, January 19, 6-10 p.m. at Crossroads Coffee House (752 S. Goodman St.). The Pickpockets will perform during the opening and the group show will continue through February 28. For more information, call 244-6787.
Music: The success of Volume I has led to Volume II. Trash Wave isn’t so much a line-up of similar bands gathering around the same bonfire, but more a meeting of like-minded attitudes. That’s really what it’s supposed to be about, anyhow. That way bands like the heavy melodic Pink Elephant, the angular indie sound of Muler, the crush of Babayaga, along with Clamfight and The Ginger Faye Bakers can get together for a killer show without having to explain a goddamned thing. Trash Wave Revue Volume II takes place Saturday, January 19, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8. bugjar.com.
Festival: The 18th Annual Mendon Ponds Park Winterfest takes place Sunday, January 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mendon Ponds Park (Douglas Road in Mendon). Visitors can enjoy demonstrations and activities outdoors as well as within heated lodges. Admission is free. For more information, call 753-7275 or visit mendonpondswinterfest.org.
Music: You have to love a choral group with a mission statement to “use music as a vehicle for messages of peace, hope, understanding, and cooperation.” The four-part Rochester Women’s Community Chorus is that group, and this week it is bringing us music to put a little sunshine in our day. The tune list for “Here Comes the Sun” will include “Blue Skies,” “Dock of the Bay,” and “I Got the Sun in the Morning.” Founded in 1978, the Rochester Women’s Community Chorus is a non-auditioned choir, accepting singers of all talent and training. The concert takes place Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m. at St. Anne Church, 1600 Mount Hope Ave. $5-$10. 234-4441, theRWCC.org.
Spesh: On Saturday, January 19, illusionist Jason Bishop will bring his award-winning act to Nazareth College Arts Center (4245 East Ave.), and in addition to a thrilling performance, he will transform a $1 bill into a $100 note for one lucky audience member. The family-friendly show takes place at 8 p.m., and Bishop will lead a lecture at 7 p.m. in the Peace Theater (room A14), located in the lower level of the Arts Center. Tickets are $35-$50. For more information, call 389-2170, or visit artscenter.naz.edu.
Music: Portland, Oregon-based multi-instrumentalist Dorian Duvall, a.k.a. Onuinu (pronounced “On you in you”) calls his genre disco-hop. Maybe that description is too limiting, as his trio creates ambient electro-pop that’s both expansive and beautiful. Singer-guitarist-composer Duvall crafts the lush electronic arrangements that embellish the melodies at the heart of its tunes as band members add live synths and percussion to keep things fresh. Debut CD “Mirror Gazer” has subtle nuances — particularly on trippy single “Ice Palace” — that make me hear something new every time. Onuinu feels like an up-and-comer and music insiders at Portland’s Willamette Week newspaper voted it among the Top 10 best new groups of 2012. With Light Feelings and PK. Onuinu performs Sunday, January 20, 9 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $6-$8. 454-2966, bugjar.com.